Dicle Bridge

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Dicle Bridge
Dicle Köprüsü / Pira Dehderî
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Dicle Bridge in Diyarbakır
Other name(s) Silvan Bridge (Silvan Köprüsü / Pira Farqînê), Ten Arches Bridge (On Gözlü Köprü / Pira Dehderî)
Crosses Tigris
Architect Sancaroğlu Ubeydoğlu Yusuf
Material Black volcanic stone
Total length 178 m (584 ft)
Width 5.60 m (18.4 ft)
Longest span 14.70 m (48.2 ft)
Number of spans 10
Constructed by Nizamüddin and Müeyyidüddevle
Construction end 1065
Coordinates 37°53′14″N 40°13′44″E / 37.88719°N 40.22882°E / 37.88719; 40.22882Coordinates: 37°53′14″N 40°13′44″E / 37.88719°N 40.22882°E / 37.88719; 40.22882
Dicle Bridge is located in Turkey
Dicle Bridge
Dicle Bridge
Location of the Dicle Bridge in Turkey

The Dicle Bridge (Turkish: Dicle Köprüsü; Kurdish: Pira Dehderî) is a historic bridge in Diyarbakır over the river Tigris (Turkish: Dicle) in southeastern Turkey. Completed in 1065, it numbers ten arches with a total length of 178 m (584 ft). Hence, it is locally called also "On Gözlü Köprü" / "Pira Dehderî" (literally: Ten Arches Bridge). Its another name is the Silvan Bridge due to its position being on the road to Silvan.[1]

The bridge was commissioned by Nizamüddin and Müeyyidüddevle during the Kurdish dynasty, Marwanids era (990–1085) in Diyarbakır, and was built by architect Sancaroğlu Ubeydoğlu Yusuf in 1065, as stated in two lines of Kufic script in the inscription mounted on the southern facade of the bridge.[1]

The bridge is situated south of the city, 3 km (1.9 mi) outside of Mardinkapı / Deriyê Mêrdînê (literally: Mardin Gate). Its location is the nearest to the city considered the bends and the course of the river as well as the rate of water flow.[2] Built with black volcanic stones, the bridge is 178 m (584 ft) long and 5.60 m (18.4 ft) wide, varying at some places on it. Longest span of the ten arches measures 14.70 m (48.2 ft).[1]

Due to its historic characteristic, motorized traffic over the bridge suspended after the construction of the Marwanids Bridge (Turkish: Mervaniler Köprüsü; Kurdish: Pira Merwaniyan), or as initially named Bağıvar Bridge, in November 2009. The new bridge was built about 1 km (0.62 mi) south of Dicle Bridge, far enough not to spoil the landscape view of the old bridge.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dicle Köprüsü (On Gözlü Köprü)" (in Turkish). Kent Haber. 2009-05-24. Retrieved 2012-09-18. 
  2. ^ Dalkılıç, Neslihan et Meral Halifeoğlu (2009-05-26). "Diyarbakır Merkez ve İlçelerinde Yer Alan Tarihi Köprüler". Dicle Üniversitesi (in Turkish). Retrieved 2012-09-18.  |
  3. ^ "Bağıvar Köprüsü Törenle Hizmete Açıldı - Diyarbakır". Haberciniz (in Turkish). 2009-11-25. Retrieved 2012-09-18.